Industry News

Piracy on the FCCs

The FCC has proposed a $10,000 fine against one Romayne Davis for operating an unlicensed radio, “Jungle Boy ENT,” on 89.5 FM in Oakland Park, FL. The FCC has fined Fabrice Polynice $25,000 for operating an unlicensed radio station on…

Red Scare

Former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt and former Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Nicholas Johnson sent a letter to the ownership of the Washington Redskins expressing that their team’s name may be indecent and could subject broadcasters to fines for simply saying…

Microsoft, Nokia Join the Parade

According to reports from theverge.com, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 update is rumored to support FM radio hardware. theverge.com singles out the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820, both manufactured by Nokia, as supporting FM radio in its Windows 8 implementation.

New Jersey Gets Ahead of the Parade

The New Jersey Broadcasters Association has passed a resolution in support of the Sprint FM Chip proposal—the first such resolution—endorsing “the absolute need to enable all cell phones within the United States to include (and activate) FM receiver capabilities in…

NAB Radio Board Results Announced

Congratulations to the victors, especially the small market broadcasters who are busy enough to begin with, of the elections for the NAB Radio Board. For details, click here.

FCC Calls for Indecency Comments

The Commission has opened a docket (GN Docket 13-86) for comment on what types of indecency complaints it should pursue—all of them, or only the “most egregious.” By addressing only the latter following the landmark FCC v. Fox Television Supreme…

Radio Moves Up

The radio industry marked a significant watershed in 2012, as we gained digital share—and leveraged it. A new RAB report using research from Borrell, “Benchmarking: Local Radio Stations’ Online Revenues,” shows that radio grew its online ad revenues 22% last…

RAB Works It

The first edition of “RAB@Work” is now available for viewing here. The video was shot on location at WTOP in Washington, DC, whose SVP/GM, Joel Oxley, is interviewed by RAB President/CEO Erica Farber. Farber also interviews Bud Walters, owner of…

The End of the Free Ride

The roll-your-own music service Pandora has announced that it is discontinuing its free unlimited mobile listening plan. In the company blog, Pandora founder Tim Westergren wrote, “This week we will begin communicating directly with a small number of our listeners…

The Doctor Is Out

Premiere Radio Networks has notified affiliates that it will stop producing and broadcasting the “Dr. Dean Edell Medical Minute” effective March 29. According to the network, the good doctor is wrapping the series “to focus on his personal interests and…